Australian start-up accelerator programs

Muru-D: Backed by Telstra, this accelerator invests in teams with innovative technology and global ambitions. Provides up to $40,000 in investment funding.

iLab Accelerator: Queensland-based accelerator that provides mentor support, up to $20,000 in investment funding, and access to the business tools you need. They have supported 100 Queensland start-ups since they were founded in 2012.

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (QUT CEA): This accelerator, incubator, and co-working space in one is perhaps the only 3-in-one option in Australia for creative industry start-ups. It offers business mentoring, workspace, networking events, and investment capital.

Slingshot: An accelerator program for tech start-ups. Provides finance mentors and the opportunity to develop commercial and investment relationships with large Australian corporations.

HCF Catalyst: A 6-month accelerator program for health technology start-ups, backed by HCF. Provides $150,000 in investment funding.

Energise: Backed by KPMG, this 3-month accelerator program connects tech start-ups with companies in the ENR (energy and natural resources) industry.

River City Labs: A Brisbane-based start-up co-working space that also runs an accelerator program and provides mentors.

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS): Run by the Australian government, this training program provides job seekers with up to 52 weeks of small business training and business mentoring, income support of up to 39 weeks, and Rental Assistance of up to 26 weeks.

Microsoft BizSpark: A funding program that gives start-ups 3 years of free business software, services, tech support, visibility, and the Azure cloud.

Startmate: A 5-month mentor-driven seed fund and accelerator program that provides $50,000 in investment funding and includes a 2-month trip to Silicon Valley.

Ignition Labs: A 6-month (3+3 months) accelerator program for health and medical technology start-ups. Provides $25,000 in investment funding and finishes with start-ups pitching to Australian and international investors at an investor roadshow.

Incubate: An award-winning start-up accelerator and entrepreneur events program, developed by the University of Sydney Union.

Unearthed Solutions: A 6-month accelerator program with industry mentors, one-on-one sessions with business experts, and a co-working office space.

AngelCube: A 3-month, Melbourne-based accelerator program for tech start-ups, followed by a further 3-month incubator program. Provides $40,000 in seed funding, as well as mentoring to get a start-up ready for pitching to investors.